May 13, 2021

Legendary country star Charley Pride dead from coronavirus

Unfortunately, as case numbers of COVID-19 rise throughout America and the rest of the world, the virus continues to indiscriminately claim the lives of the elderly, including some of America’s most talented, aging celebrities.

According to Fox News, this country lost one of the great ones to the pandemic. Country music legend Charley Pride’s publicist announced that the trailblazing artist died as a result of complications from COVID-19 at the age of 86. 

There’s a number of reasons why Pride was so well-respected within the industry, but topping that list is the fact that the Mississippi native and son of sharecroppers was country music’s first Black superstar. In that day and age, an African-American country music artist was beyond rare — let alone one who managed to be as successful as Pride.

Aside from winning a cabinet full of prestigious awards for his music, Pride had an astonishing 29 songs that hit the number one spot on the charts. Adding to that, he had no less than 52 top-10 hits in his career, even making it to the coveted ranks of the Grand Ole Opry in 1993.

Fellow country legend Dolly Parton was a dear friend of Pride and mourned his loss in a Twitter post over the weekend in which she expressed her respect and love for Pride and his glass ceiling-shattering working the country music business.

“I’m so heartbroken that one of my dearest and oldest friends, Charley Pride, has passed away. It’s even worse to know that he passed away from COVID-19. What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we will always love you. Rest In Peace. My love and thoughts go out to his family and all of his fans,” Parton wrote in a two-part tweet.

Pride stayed active even into his late senior years, even having performed just over a month ago at the Country Music Awards where he accepted the prestigious Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. According to The New York Post, Pride was well-received at the awards show, especially after singing his hit song, “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin.”

The Grammy-winning artist served in the ranks of the U.S. Army and started a career in the smelting business before being signed to RCA records. The rest was history.

Pride’s legacy will live on for generations and his family and close friends can rest easy knowing that he will be fondly remembered as an American music icon and an absolute trailblazer in the industry.

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32 Responses

  1. Bad news , of coarse it was coronavirus….not the flu…not pneumonia….not a stroke…hype the virus…get the shot…spin the wheel to see if you live….duh!!!

    1. Right on the money Kevin, What was he suffering from? Cancer Stroke, Heart Decease, or what. But is was the FLU that most defiantly is what he died of. Not even old age…. Hay I feel very sorry for him dyeing and for his family BUT WE ALL DIE SOME DAY.. And people who spend their every moment in fear of it ARE NOT LIVING…

    2. Totally agree! Heard of the motorcycle rider who was killed in a vehicle accident, “tested + for Covid After death” and certified as having died from Covid?! I don’t trust anything I hear about Covid, especially the numbers!

      1. i agree with you i posted that story the medical examer said covid caused him to crash i will be glad when all this is over and covid was unleashed on purpose i call it population control

  2. I am sorry to hear about Charlie Pride. I always liked him. Had not seem him in years. If he lived to the age of 86, that is pretty darn good. I guess God needed him in Heaven. RIP Charlie. AJS

  3. Charlie I have many of your songs on vinyl and CD format. i really enjoyed your singing and your songs. RIP Charlie and may you really Kiss an Angel Good Morning for all eternity.

  4. Imagine that every death is due to COVID.For goodness sake he was 86.Suddenly no one must die.I have news for all we are all going to die .For those of us who believe and have accepted Jesus as Lord of our lives, we will be present with the Lord when we die.The ones who do not believe in Jesus will go to Hell.With every death ,you should ask yourself ,if I should die today where will I wake up?

  5. So sorry to hear of Charley’s death. Today was my Honor Charley Pride day. Played the 3 CD set of his greatest hits. They are truly awesome songs. Rest In Peace Charley as your work is done.


  7. Sorry to hear of Charlie Pride’s death, but at 86, I would think he had more problems than Corona virus! That crap is no more dangerous than any other flu, but it has been highly successful in making politicians rich!

  8. I bought many Charlie Pride albums back in the day and he was a great singer. He was also a good man who was not concerned with the color of his skin, just what was in his heart which is why he was loved by so many. As for Covid-19 being he cause of death, maybe by Pride was an old man.

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